Nitish will be the best PM, but JD(U) will not insist on it at the cost of opposition unity: Kushwaha. India News – Times of India

Patna: Chief Minister of Bihar Nitish Kumar A top party leader on Sunday said he will prove to be the “best prime minister” in 2024 if factors turn out to be favorable, though his JD(U) will not push for the top post for him at the cost of opposition unity. Chairman of JD(U) Parliamentary Board Upendra KushwahaHowever, the question was put off as to who would be the successor if the state’s longest-serving chief minister were to move on to the national stage.
“Nitish Kumar will be the best prime minister, provided the circumstances are in his favour. However, we are not going to make any claim and jeopardize the chances of a united opposition,” Kushwaha told reporters at the JD(U) office.
The former Union minister, who returned the previous day after being out for over a week, expressed surprise at the frantic speculation that he was “angry” over not being included in the new cabinet headed by Kumar.
“Please take this on record and face me if I ever go back on my words. I am never going to become a minister in the state. It would be disrespectful for me to do so,” he said.
Kushwaha, who returned to the JD(U) last year to merge the RLSP, which he formed in 2013 after parting ways with Kumar, said he was a minister at the Centre, both with an MP. Lok Sabha And Rajya SabhaOne MLA and presently one MLC.
“A state cabinet berth is of no importance to me. I believe our leader (Nitish Kumar) is the best person to lead the campaign to preserve the socialist ideology. My only focus, as of now, is our The party has to be established and our leaders by 2024,” he said.
The next Lok Sabha election is to be held in 2024.
When asked whether he saw himself or Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav As the successor of RJD’s Nitish Kumar, the veteran leader to move to Delhi after the Lok Sabha elections, Kushwaha said it was a “hypothetical” question that he would not like to entertain.
Kushwaha, who was in the NDA a few years back but has emerged as one of the fiercest critics of the BJP since his return to the JD(U), also criticized it. saffron party To allege that “jungle raj” is back in Bihar after the chief minister rejoined the RJD.
“That’s the problem with the BJP. As long as you are with them everything is hunky. The moment you part ways, everything breaks down. As long as Nitish Kumar was with them, he was praising them. Prime Minister Narendra Modi He was called a symbol of socialist values. But now the same Nitish Kumar has become the most despicable for him.”
Kushwaha said the JD(U) was the victim of a “conspiracy” in the 2020 Assembly elections, when its numbers had fallen drastically, mainly due to the rebellion of LJP’s Chirag Paswan and ticket distribution by RCP Singh. He has been accused of being a “BJP agent”.
He also dismissed allegations of “tainted ministers” in the new cabinet, claiming that several BJP ministries in other states had names of people in serious matters.
Kushwaha also expressed displeasure at allies like former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, asking Nitish Kumar to sack such ministers for his prestige.
“Nitish Kumar is more experienced than other people. He doesn’t need anyone’s advice,” he said.
JD(U) parliamentary board chief also lashed out at MLA insurance Bharti He made public his grievances on the induction of Leshi Singh in the cabinet.
Kushwaha said, “His allegations against Leshi Singh have been rightly rejected by the CM. Even though there was little truth in his allegations, it was not proper on his part to issue statements to this effect in the media.”
Bharti had alleged that Leshi Singh was involved in a murder.